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Wisden Cricket Monthly issue 8: Knight, Sciver & Beaumont exclusive interviews

Wisden Cricket Monthly issue 8
by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

In the latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly – out June 7 – Jo Harman meets Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver at Lord’s to discuss how life has changed since their World Cup triumph and where the England team and women’s cricket goes next.


Elsewhere, Tim Paine, Australia’s new captain across all formats, speaks candidly to Adam Collins about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding his appointment, Daniel Gallan explores why the recent surge in athlete activism has yet to make its mark in cricket, and Colin Graves doesn’t mince his words in an interview with Phil Walker. “I have no ego at all,” says the ECB chairman. “Colin Graves get nothing out of this.”

We also have coverage of Ireland’s maiden Test match, our columnist Kumar Sangakkara hails the genius of AB de Villiers following the South African’s retirement from international cricket, Jonathan Liew argues Australia’s cancellation of their home series against Bangladesh exposes the inequity of Test cricket, and Tim Wigmore says the IPL is offering entertainment and unpredictability that is often lacking in international cricket.

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10 standout quotes from the new issue:

“It’s not like we’re going to go out and burn our bras with all the other sports teams but it does feel like there’s real momentum behind women’s sport, and gender equality in general, in all forms of society.”
England captain Heather Knight on a game-changing time for women’s sport

Knight, Sciver, Beaumont exclusive interview

“It’s an exclusive club, Test cricket, and the clue’s in the name. No matter how many tests you pass, there’s always another. Penetrate the velvet rope, get into the VIP circle, and instantly they invent a VVIP circle.”
Jonathan Liew writes that Cricket Australia’s decision to cancel their home series against Bangladesh shows the challenge ahead for Test cricket’s newest members

“In an era when international cricket seems increasingly predictable, the IPL offers a cocktail of both top-class cricket and sporting uncertainty.”
Tim Wigmore says the IPL is setting the standard for the rest of the world to follow

“We don’t want to be abusive by berating and belittling our opposition, like at times we’ve attempted to. We want to be more respectful and we think we can still play hard and successful cricket doing it that way.”
Tim Paine wants his Australian team to change their approach on the field

Tim Paine exclusive interview

“I really feel like I was good enough to play Test cricket for England during my first few years at Sussex. But in a way I’m glad that it didn’t happen because if it had I might not have gone back to play for Ireland.”
Ed Joyce, who retired last month just a week after making his long-awaited Test debut, reflects on his run-filled career

“You’re there to be shot at, aren’t you? But I’ll do the right thing for cricket, whatever people say. That’s what I’m here to do.”
Colin Graves, ECB chairman, pulls no punches

“Every current player admires AB’s ability. Even Virat Kohli is in awe of him. Through hard work and dedication, he has taken the basics of cricket onto a completely different level.”
Kumar Sangakkara pays tribute to AB de Villiers after South Africa’s golden boy announced his international retirement

Where are cricket's activists?

“I’m sure the ramifications of potentially losing your job or sponsor has played a role in limiting cricketers’ activism. I haven’t come across any players that have considered such action.”
JP Duminy speaks to Daniel Gallan about social activism, or the lack of it, within cricket

“The nearest squeak I had was when I went to my mother’s funeral, which my brother had arranged. It was in Brighton at 11am on a Saturday. The match at Brentham started at 2pm. I missed about two overs…”
Ivor Chaplin, who has scored in more than 2,000 consecutive games for Brentham, is the latest entrant to the Wisden Club Cricket Hall of Fame

“When Alf Gooch [Graham’s father] explained to Her Majesty that his wife wouldn’t believe him when he told her where he’d been, she went and cut a slice of cake, wrapped it in a serviette with the Palace’s coat of arms on it, and said to Alf: ‘Take her this. She will have to believe you then.'”
Derek Pringle recalls his Golden Summer of 1991

Wisden Cricket Monthly issue 8

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